Get to know the sights & culture of London with a fun local guide
Nosh on Dim Sum, the Chinese meal that inspired afternoon tea
Let’s get acquainted with London today! A friendly and knowledgable local guide will meet us after breakfast and we’ll set out for a historic London walking tour. Our hotel is in the posh neighborhood of Mayfair, just adjacent to the royal district of Westminster which has one of the highest concentrations of famous landmarks in the world. From triumph to tragedy, splendor to squalor, the area has cradled royalty and witnessed revolt.
We’ll learn all about it this morning as we follow royal footsteps along the Mall, stroll the hustle and bustle of Whitehall, pass Downing Street (home to Britain’s Prime Minister), and enjoy the relative tranquillity of Horse Guard’s Parade where two of England’s most famous ceremonies take place. We’ll visit Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and The Houses of Parliament.
Our walking tour breaks in the vibrant neighborhood of Soho for a delightful dim sum lunch at a stylish, upscale Asian teahouse. This traditional Chinese ritual of tea accompanied by delicious morsels, especially dainty dumplings, will be extra special today since just the day before we’ll have learned about how this foreign custom played a major role in the evolution of English tea culture.
This afternoon we have a wonderful visit planned to the legendary Tower of London, one of four UNESCO World Heritage sites in the city. Used variously throughout its history as a royal palace, an armoury, a prison, an execution chamber, a zoo, a barracks and a jewel house, this working royal castle offers a stunning insight into 1,000 years of history. Our informative private tour today will include the Crown Jewels and other highlights of the Tower of London.
Spend this evening in the English capital as you wish. London boasts superb dining and an amazing theater scene and Onward Travel is happy to assist you in making reservations and/or booking show tickets before the trip.